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Ballota acetabulosa - (L.)Benth.

Common Name
Family Lamiaceae or Labiatae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Rocks and rough ground in dry hills to 900 metres[89].
Range S. Europe - Greece.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Frost Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Ballota acetabulosa


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Ballota acetabulosa is an evergreen Perennial growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in) by 0.8 m (2ft 7in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. It is in leaf all year. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Ground Cover; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

Wick.

The calyces are used as floating wicks in oil lamps[89, 100, 148]. The calyx is placed on the surface of the oil and soon becomes saturated with oil. It is then lit. Plants can be grown as a ground cover, forming a slowly spreading clump[208].

Cultivation details

Requires a very well-drained position in full sun[187, 188, 200]. Established plants are drought tolerant[190]. Tolerates poor soils[200]. Best grown in a hot dry position with some protection given from severe frosts[200]. Usually found on alkaline soils in the wild, it tolerates a pH down to 5 in cultivation[200]. This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c[200]. Plants are best pruned back to the ground in spring before new growth commences[188]. Plants are generally untroubled by pests and diseases[200]. This species is closely related to B. pseudodictamnus[200].

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Propagation

Seed - we have no details for this species but suggest sowing the seed in spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in spring[200]. Larger divisions can be planted straight into their permanent positions whilst smaller clumps are best potted up and kept in a cold frame until they are growing away well. Cuttings of semi-ripe wood in the summer[188].

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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